As-Sunnah Vol. 2 Issue No. 6

 

Belief in the angels comprises of four important points

1. Affirming the existence of the angels and the fact that they are a creation of Allah and thus, subject to His Lordship and worship.

Shaikh Salih al-Fawzan (hafidahullah) writes in his treatise, al-Eeman bil-Malaaikah wa-Athruhu fi-Hayatil-Ummah, 'Angels are a creation of Allah, which He created for His worship, and to carry out His commands in the universe… They are a creation from the world of unseen, we do not see them but we believe in their existence with certainty without doubt because Allah has informed about them and likewise, His Messenger has enlightened us about them with definitive information that causes us to believe in them.’
Belief in angels precedes the belief in the Books of Allah and His Messengers because Allah revealed the Books to His Messengers by means of angels. Denial of the existence of angels entails rejection of all the Divine Books and consequently everything that the Messengers were sent with. Also, choosing some angels to believe in over others is disbelief like choosing some prophets over others. Imam ibn Katheer (rahimahullah) writes in the Tafseer of the verse, (2): 97, '…whoever believes in one messenger is required to believe in all of the messengers. Whoever rejects one messenger, he has rejected all of the messengers. Similarly, Allah said, 'Verily, those who disbelieve in Allah and His Messengers and wish to make distinction between Allah and His Messengers saying, 'We believe in some but reject others,' and wish to adopt a way in between. They are in truth disbelievers.' Allah decreed that they are disbelievers, because they believe in some Prophet and reject others… 'Allah's Messengers' includes angels and men for Allah said, 'Allah chooses Messengers from angels and from men.' [Soorah al-Hajj (22): 75]'

2. Affirming the functions, duties and responsibilities of the Angels in the universe.

3. Affirming the names, of those Angels that Allah and His Messenger (sallallahu alahi wa-sallam) has informed us of.

4. Affirming the attributes, of the Angels that are mentioned in the Qur'aan and the Sunnah


Taken from As-Sunnah Newsletter - http://www.qsep.com

 

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